TIRUNELVELI: Generation at the 1000 MWE first unit of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) dropped by more than 45 per cent during the last four days. The low generation since September 6, according to the KKNPP site director, was due to a minor technical snag. It has been set right and the unit is picking up to reach its maximum generation capacity by Sunday (September 11).
The first unit of KKNPP that registered its peak generation of 1,167 MWE on September 4 and 999 MWE the following day, however registered a drastic fall to 608 MWE on September 6.
The power generation at the unit further went down to 530 MWE, 544 MWE and 552 MWE respectively on September 7, 8 and 9. On Saturday (September 10) the generation at the unit however, picked up to reach 700 MWE.
Attributing this fall to a technical snag in the condenser cooling pipe of the first unit, the KKNPP site director, R S Sundar said, “the problem, however, has been solved and the generation is expected to go up to its maximum by Sunday.” The second unit being under operation continuously for 200 days since February 22 was another reason for the slow down.
The second unit that was successfully synchronised with the southern power grid last month now is being inspected by the team of technicians from Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) since last week, when the unit was shut down....